Two men stormed a northern French church, killing a priest and seriously wounding another person, before they were shot dead by police, in what authorities said they are treating as a terrorist attack.The men took five hostages, including the priest, in the church in the small town of Saint Etienne du Rouvray in Normandy. The priest was later found with his throat cut, police said. Police surrounded the church and shot the two men as they exited the building, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. France’s President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are on their way to the town, said government officials. The assault is being treated as a terror attack by investigators, Paris prosecutors said in a statement. A Vatican spokesman said that Pope Francis shares the “pain and horror” of the attack, which he called a “barbarous” act in a sacred place.
- Two knifemen take several people hostage during mass. The hostage-takers are believed to have been shot dead by police
- A local priest was killed after having his throat cut. AFP quote police sources who say one hostage was killed
- Three have been injured with 1 in critical condition according to the Interior Ministry.
- President François Hollande has arrived at the scene with counter terror specialists called in to investigate